Using the Libby App
Libby has so many wonderful features for you to explore! This page will go over some of the most important and basics.
Use the Explore Option:
Click on one of the buttons under the Lakeland Library Cooperative logo to find new, popular, available, or books by subject.
Click on “Preferences” on the home page. This lets you determine what you see on Libby. For example, choose ebook or audiobook for your Format. You must click Apply Preferences for anything to be changed. ¡Use the language preference to find books in Spanish!
Find your material here! There are multiple collections of books to browse as you scroll down the screen. Just click on the book cover that catches your eye to learn more about it and borrow/place it on hold!
Click the magnifying glass to search for material. Start typing the book/series title or author. Suggestions will appear—unfortunately, this does not mean that the library owns the title. You can borrow or place the book on hold from the results page!
Here you will find:
Loans - What you’ve already checked out
Holds - What material you’re on hold
Tags - This is a way to organize what books you want to read and those you’ve read. You can create a Wishlist by making a new tag.
Timeline lets you see what you what you placed on hold or checked out by month.
5. Using Partner Libraries on Libby:
Other libraries in Michigan have partnered with Lakeland Library Cooperative to offer you more material. You can switch between libraries by clicking on the menu icon in the center.
You can also see what other libraries have the book you’re looking at by clicking on the “plus box” (see below). If another library has a copy ready to check out you can click on the box to borrow it immediately!
You can also update your library card number and provide feedback to Libby using this icon.
How to borrow titles through Libby:
It is very easy to borrow a book from Libby!
You can begin reading right away or keep browsing.
Placing a hold with Libby:
To cancel a hold:
Some books are really popular and are not available for check out at the moment you find it. That's ok, you can place it on hold! Sometimes the waitlist seems terrifyingly long, but please put the book on hold anyway. Our library buys titles for our patrons to use first. This means that the waitlist for The Four Winds, by Kristin Hannah might be 100+ people long, but if our copy becomes available it will go to our patron first - even if they are #78 in line. We will also be more likely to purchase the title if we notice that many of our patrons are on hold for it.
If your book is due within 3 days you have the option to renew it or place it on hold if there is a waitlist. Libby has made it very easy to renew or place your book on hold when it's time. See the examples below:
Returning your book:
It is always the best practice to return a book as soon as you're done with it!
If you are going to primarily be reading with a Kindle you can easily send books to it from your computer, tablet, or phone! You will need your Amazon password for this.
It is easy to return books on Libby! You do not need to go through your Amazon account.
Skip The Line books have a shamrock and are checked out for 2 weeks. You cannot renew them. Think of these as Express books!
This is for both ebooks and audiobooks - check the collection often to find your next favorite book!
Use the videos here to learn how to find and read magazines on Libby. You will never have to place a magazine on hold, they do not count toward your checkout total, and you can always renew after 11 days.